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The term semi-democracy is used to refer to a state that shares both democratic and authoritarian features.[1]

The term "semi-democratic" is reserved for stable regimes that combine democratic and authoritarian elements.[2][3]

Semi-democracy has a combination of Authoritarian values with democratic values such as elections, when the government transforms into a authoritarian regime, they usually gets elections and having democracy compared to the fully authoritarian regimes where the elections are abolished, and the government can use censorship to block the Free speech, instead they have a different type of semi-democracy called Anocracy.

Difference between partial and full democracy[edit]

Unlike traditional democracy, semi-democratic regimes are also known as hybrid regimes, known for having guided democracy instead of liberal democracy. Semi-dictatorial regimes have dictatorial powers with some democratic values, and despite being authoritarian, have elections. Semi-democratic regimes may have de facto one-person or one-party rule, such as Singapore under the People's Action Party or Mexico under the PRI.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Carroll Quigley (1983). Weapons systems and political stability: a history. University Press of America. p. 307. ISBN 978-0-8191-2947-5. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
  2. ^ Montesquieu, Spirit of the Laws, Bk. II, ch. 2–3.
  3. ^ William R. Everdell. The End of Kings: A History of Republics and Republicans. University of Chicago Press, 2000.